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I'm sticking with my 5DIII.  I only just bought the thing back in August for a start.  I've been wanting a 5DIII for years so I'm not about to ditch it just yet.  It's easily good enough and flexible enough to do everything I want right now.

Also, those new cameras are hellishly expensive (as new Canons always are).  I might possibly be interested in the 5DIV when it finally comes out.  But even when it does, I'll be waiting for at least a year for the price to drop.  And that's assuming that whatever body I might potentially upgrade to actually provides some tangible benefits over the already excellent 5DIII and that it's enough to make it worth the move.

But for now.  No.  Sticking with the III.

Software & Accessories / Re: Messenger Bag for my 5D3+24-70+70-200
« on: October 02, 2014, 03:20:38 PM »
I have the Thinktank Retrospective 7 in the Pinestone colour.  Used it for my 5DIII, 24-70, 16-35 and a 600EX-RT and a bunch of filters, batts, memory cards and a Rocket Blower.

Took it to Lisbon.  Lugged it around everywhere, up and down hills (and Lisbon is quite hilly).  Bag was comfortable.  Never a problem. Never fatigued, even carrying all that gear.  And I'm not the healthiest guy in the world.

I reckon you'd do well with any of the Retrospective family.

Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: October 01, 2014, 10:51:46 AM »
My reasoning for three is that at a minimum, you'd need a key light, a fill light and a light for rim, hair or background.  And that most variations over and above that could be achieved with creative positioning of lights and reflectors.

Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: October 01, 2014, 09:19:04 AM »
I started with one 600EX-RT, just a couple of months ago.  Then, because I've probably got more money than sense, I bought two more and an ST-E3-RT.  And now I've just gone and ordered three Godox PB820s.  And I have an off-brand octagonal softbox umbrella on the way.

I haven't even bought any light stands yet.  Need to find some that are cheap but sturdy.  I'm trying to find that sweet spot between cheap & flimsy and strong, but expensive.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 11:35:39 AM »
I'm a total amateur.  I just bought into Canon, largely because my last (and first) camera was an EOS 600 film camera.  I'd stopped using it years ago because I couldn't be bothered mucking about with film anymore.

My thinking for my new digital purchase choice was that I'd be able to use my existing lenses and because Canon is a (the?) major player and don't get much wrong.  I'd been wanting to get into digital for years and coveted firstly the 5D, then the 5D2 and now of course the 5D3.  I'd held off because of the expense and wanted to get started straight at the full frame level.

This year I finally took the plunge, buying a 5D Mk III and a couple of L lenses.  It's just as well I invested in the new lenses because it turned out that my 14 year old Sigmas do not work on the new body.

I could have held off for a 5D Mk IV with all the improvements it's expected to have, but I'd be waiting until next year until it was released and a further 6 months to a year until the prices dropped from their initial expensive level.  I was ready to get on the digital ladder now.  There's always something newer and better around the corner and if you keep waiting for it, you'd never get started.

To be fair I barely looked at the Nikon and Sony options.  It's not that I think Canon is better than anyone else or that I think that Nikon and Sony are bad (they're not, in fact I'm sure they have been hailed for good reason).  I just looked at all the various (mostly two year old) reviews which pretty much confirmed that the 5DIII was one of the best.  The fact is even though the 5DIII has been surpassed in some areas by competitors, it's still a bloody good camera.  And it'll be a very long time before I find it inadequate to MY needs.

As we speak I'm investing even further in Canon by getting the EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro and a couple of extra Speedlites.  I have no regrets about my choice.  In fact I'm very happy.

EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 17, 2014, 06:52:39 PM »
Ok.  Here's my contribution.  Quite a bit is the same as what others have suggested, but there's a couple of extra ideas in there:
  • Come to that, how about camera apps?  You get apps on your phones and tablets.  Why not give the camera scope to host custom third party apps?

It is not possible, let me explain why :

DSLRs are running on very tiny processors in term of computing power, probably to have a good battery life. Creating features on the Canon OS requires very strict programming due to this. Handling "third-party" may cause a tremendous amount of bugs/lags on the camera. But you can look at Magic Lantern, a good way to improve your Canon dslr.
Yes.  A number of thoughts occur to me on this.

The processor(s) are also probably highly specialised to cope with things that the camera has to do.  Furthermore, I imagine Canon would not want to open up their gear in this way, because people might then use it to circumvent Canon's designed-in differentiators between the various models.  i.e. they might not want people buying a lower model camera and trying to bring it up to the spec of a higher model using features provided by readily available apps (within the limitations of the hardware of course).

Another thing against it is that the 5D4 is aimed largely at the professional market where reliability and dependability is everything.  Apps could compromise this.  Apps are more of a consumer idea, so if they were to start anywhere, it would be on lower end cameras... if at all.

Still it was a thought.  It does depend of how Canon might go about it, how much of their architecture they open up and how tightly they control it.  It doesn't have to be as loosely controlled as Google Play or Apple's AppStore.  After all, if they can persuade people to spend their money on extra apps and features, it opens up an extra revenue stream for them.  But as I say, thinking about it the 5D series isn't really the place for this to start.  So that makes this idea fall outside the scope of this topic.

EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:47:00 PM »
Ok.  Here's my contribution.  Quite a bit is the same as what others have suggested, but there's a couple of extra ideas in there:

  • Built in Wi-fi.
  • UHS-II SD Card Slot alongside the CF card slot or ditch the SD slot and have two CF card slots.
  • Even bigger buffer space.
  • Option to allow asynchronous dual card writing, so it writes to whichever card you specify and then automatically copies to the other card when the camera is less busy.
  • Built in wireless radio flash control.
  • Option to automatically switch flash to High Speed Sync mode when shutter speed is greater than the flash sync speed.
  • Dual pixel sensor.
  • 4K Video Recording.
  • IR remote control sensor on the back of the camera as well as the front.
  • Reduction or elimination of rolling shutter effects (in particular skew) during video recording.
  • Higher resolution sensor perhaps in the 24-36MP range providing it does not compromise low light/high ISO performance.
  • Improved dynamic range.
  • USB3 connectivity including in-camera battery charging.
  • Eye tracking autofocus.
  • Allow setting of custom white balance in live view mode without having to take a picture and go fiddle about in the menus.  Furthermore display the Kelvin value of the custom white balance.  And an option to sample the white balance based on the current EV metering mode, for example, if you're using spot metering, you can base your WB on a sample taken from the spot instead of the whole screen.  Have three or more custom white balance slots.
  • Allow more compositional overlays in live view mode, e.g. thirds, golden rectangle, golden diagonals, golden spiral etc.
  • Hyperfocal focusing mode and/or reintroduction of depth of field mode.  Saves having to muck about with phone apps or cheat sheet charts when you already have a reasonably powerful computer in the camera itself.
  • Come to that, how about camera apps?  You get apps on your phones and tablets.  Why not give the camera scope to host custom third party apps?

Ok. A further wee write up on the ThinkTank Retrospective 7.

In the bag I've been keeping all my newly purchased gear: specifically a 5D3, 24-70 f2.8L II, 16-35 f4L IS and an 600EX-RT.  Also, spare cards, spare batts, a set of 82mm filters, a magmod gel set, a Giottos Rocket blower, microfibre cloths and a few other small bits and pieces.

I've just returned from a week long holiday in Lisbon.  Travelling on the flights I put the TT Retro 7 inside my Travelpro Crew8 Tote Bag which I carried on.  That let me use the Crew8 for all my normal flying needs as well as keeping my gear with me.  Once at my destination the Travelpro tote stayed in my room and I walked about with the TT R7.

I thought that with all that gear inside, it would prove to be a bit heavy, but as it turned out I had no problems at all.  Most of the time I wore it with the strap across my body.  I could get at the camera easily and switching lenses wasn't a problem.

For those that do not know, Lisbon is a hilly city.  But whether I was climbing hills, steps, or climbing battlements at the San Jorge castle the TT R7 was always comfortable.  Getting on buses and trams to get about wasn't a problem either.

I did buy a Blackrapid Sport strap to use too, which I did to begin with, but in the end I didn't bother with it.  I just used the camera free in my hands, it is however fitted with an RRS plate and Herringbone Heritage handstrap adjusted to be quite snug, so dropping the camera would have been difficult and made the 5D3 easy to hold for long periods of time.

So it's a definite thumbs up for the ThinkTank Retrospective 7.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Hello...Anyone else from the UK?
« on: August 31, 2014, 06:40:33 PM »

I'm Ian from Lancashire.

I've just finally made the jump into digital photography.  I started out with an EOS 600 film camera in 1990 with a pair of Sigma zoom lenses.  A 28-70mm f 3.5-4.5 UC Zoom and an 75-300mm f 4.5-5.6 APO.  I've hardly used the 600 in the past 8 years or so.

I'd been hankering after a 5D ever since the first one came out.  Then the Mk II and then the Mk III.  I finally made up my mind to go for it just this summer.  So in the past few weeks I've bought a 5DIII along with an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, an EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and a Speedlite 600EX-RT.

I bought the camera and lenses from Panamoz and the Speedlite from CameraInThePost, both companies that send their gear from Hong Kong.

I did briefly try my old lenses on the 5DIII body, but I got lens communication errors from both of them.  So even though both Sigma lenses are EF mount, I guess they didn't quite adhere closely enough to Canon's EF mount specs.  Good job I'd elected to buy current Canon lenses anyway having been seduced by the rave reviews for both the 20-70 f2.8 II and the brand new 16-35 f4.  It does leave me without a telephoto option for the time being, but I can live with that.

I've also invested in a small number of filters.  A circular polarizer, a 10 stop ND, a 1-5 stop VND and a 77-82 step up ring, all B+W.  Also a 3LT Brian tripod and an Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 head.

So I'm very happy as I'm getting to grips with my new toys.

I've just discovered that my new TT R7 fits perfectly inside my TravelPro Crew8 Tote bag which I use as a carry on.  "Like a glove" as they say.  Might come in handy.  Might not.  Not sure yet.

After due consideration, I have taken the plunge.  I noticed earlier this week that had gotten some TT Retro 7's in where the day before they were out of stock.  They were an excellent price at 113.99 GBP.

Two days later and I have the thing in my actual hands.  Looks excellent in the Pinestone canvas colour.  Very low key.  Pockets everywhere.  Soft and baggy. Strong straps.  Superb quality.  Very pleased.

Now I just need the kit to put in it.   :D

Software & Accessories / Re: Inconspicuous Messenger Bag
« on: June 21, 2014, 12:17:18 PM »
Practicality-wise, the Lowepro Event Messengers look like good bags, and the 250 looks about the right size.  The same goes for the Tamrac Rally series.  However, for me, their styling (the dynamic two tone stripes and their logos) make them distinctive and therefore relatively recognisable.  So, nice bags, but I have to rule them out. But thanks for the suggestions.

The relatively plain looks of the Apache 4 and the Retrospective 7 is what is drawing me to them.  Where I was leaning toward the Apache, the ringing endorsement of the TT Retro series is swinging my opinion.

As I say, the Domke F-803 would also be in the frame if it wasn't so expensive. Particularly as you then have to buy their insert kit to get the full functionality out of it.

I am also going to take a close hard look at the regular messenger bag + insert route.

I'd just like to take time out to thank everyone that's replied.  I really really appreciate it.  It seems I've sparked a nice little debate here.  Keep it coming guys.

Software & Accessories / Re: Inconspicuous Messenger Bag
« on: June 20, 2014, 02:34:56 PM »
The retrospective-7 looks like a great bag but who sells Think Tank products in the UK?
There are a few places that carry Think Tank gear over here. is one. is another.  And there's some of their stuff on Amazon too.

Software & Accessories / Re: Inconspicuous Messenger Bag
« on: June 20, 2014, 02:54:18 AM »
I am looking at my Retrospective 7 holding a 5diii with a 24-105, a 17-40, and a 70-200 f/2.8 ii as well as 4 batteries, a ouch with 10 CF cards, my charger, a paper notebook and there is still more room.  The only limitation is it is getting heavy, but this bag has the most comfortable shoulder strap and is my most used bag.  I have to believe, however, that bad guys know this is not just an ordinary messenger bag.

I've used a variety of combinations of equipment in the Retrospective 7 and it also fits into a carry-on bag I use so I can keep the total carry on bag to 2, and not check anything
Now there we go.  You have an almost identical set of gear that I am planning for.  I was wondering whether the 7 could really accommodate all that or if I needed to be looking at the 10 instead.  But I like that you have a third lens and say you still have room to spare.  That's a plus 1 point for the Retro 7 in my book.

Have you got a pic of all your gear packed in your R7?  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR vs Mirrorless :: Evolution of cameras
« on: June 20, 2014, 02:44:12 AM »
On the one hand I understand that the EOS-M takes advantage of mirrorless technology to produce a camera that is more compact.  However, I feel the drawback is that it needs it's own special line of lenses.

I think Canon should also be producing a mirrorless camera that can use it's regular EF lenses.  Essentially it would be a DPAF APS-C or FF sensor camera with a built-in EVF replacing the usual pentaprism and packaged in a body that is similar to other EOS DSLRs.

It wouldn't be more compact, but it would have a similar feel and handling as it's contemporary consumer and professional cameras for which Canon is so renowned and celebrated.

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